If you only have four days but want to see Tanzania’s most famous parks (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara, or Tarangire), this is the itinerary for you.
It spends only one night in Serengeti, which we believe is insufficient, but if your time frame is limited and you are determined to visit this incredible park, this is the right choice for you.
Day 1: National Park of Lake Manyara
At 8 a.m., you’ll be picked up from your hotel and taken on a scenic drive across the Great Rift Valley for a full day game drive. Although small in size (205 square miles), the park is known for its lush acacia forest, gigantic figs, and mahogany trees, as well as a rising population of baboons and blue monkeys. Giraffes, elephants, impalas, and a large number of buffalo are permanent residents of this park. Additionally, the lake is home to a huge number of hippos.
The vistas of Lake Manyara are indescribable, and the game drives along the lake provide breathtaking photographic opportunity. The foreground features giraffes and buffaloes, while the background features a lake. Additional tours, such as a bike tour or a boat excursion, are available. Return to the camp for dinner in the afternoon.
Day 2: Serengeti National Park
After an early breakfast, head for the Serengeti, the world’s most famous national park. The driving itself is magnificent, despite its length. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone witnessing it for the first time. As you travel farther into the Serengeti, you will understand why the term means “endless plains” in the native tongue.
The park covers an area of 6,900 square miles (18,000 square kilometers), and for the majority of it, the plains stretch to the horizon, confounding your senses and perception of distance. It is home to the Great Migration and around two million wildebeests, hundreds of thousands of zebras, and several antelope species.
When it comes to big cats and large predators, this is the location to go for lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas, with numerous television scenes such as the renowned River Crossings recorded in this park.
On this day, we recommend an extremely early wake-up call to have an early morning game drive (when the animals are more active) and to view one of the most spectacular sunrises you’ll ever see. After the wildlife drive, we’ll return to the camp for a delectable lunch before continuing to Ngorongoro, the Natural World’s eighth wonder. The crater covers an area of 102 square miles and features 2,000-foot-high walls, transforming it into a virtual Noah’s ark and home to almost every kind of wildlife unique to East Africa. It is one of the few places on the entire continent where you can see a black rhino.
The crater is surrounded by a river, many wetlands, a soda lake teeming with flamingos, a forest, and open grasslands. It is also famed for its elephants, which are the world’s largest and have enormous tusks. Ngorongoro Crater is certainly a Natural World Wonder.
You’ll arrive in time for a sundowner at Ngorongoro. There is an option to upgrade your level of accommodation.
We’ll begin the day very early and descend into the crater floor for an amazing morning of wildlife viewing in one of the most breathtaking locations on the planet. Following the wildlife drive, a picnic lunch by the stunning Hippo Lake will be served.
After lunch, we’ll take a brief wildlife drive before ascending the crater and departing the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for Arusha. We anticipate returning to Arusha at 5 p.m., but we are flexible in case there is a flight to catch or some unforeseen circumstance.